In terms of logistics, apart from the provision of the videoconferencing system by the IT and audiovisual services of the two universities, the implementation of the shared seminar only required the synchronization of the seminar schedules, which did not pose any problem. The advantage of this system is that it is based on the traditional teaching in the field, which simplifies its application and requires few changes in habits.
For the teacher, the use of the videoconferencing system requires some management (launching the recording, operating the camera, sharing the projection via the management tablet, etc.), but this is easy and does not require any particular skill. It does not interfere with the teacher's concentration.
The application of the principle of teaching in the form of a shared seminar by videoconference can be easily transferred to other fields, as several rooms are already equipped within the UNIGE. The project therefore has a very high transfer potential. The advantage of the system lies in the fact that it does not require any particular technical skills and only a little coordination between the teachers of the two universities. In principle, it is also possible to apply it in a larger framework, i.e. by linking 3 universities or by allowing external persons to follow the course at a distance.
The system also makes it very easy to integrate external teachers on an ad hoc basis. Instead of asking specialists from far away to travel, it is possible to ask them to make a presentation by video conference. This system would save time and money while bringing to the course the added value of the professional in his or her work context.
This system allows for collaboration between universities at a lower cost. The instructor points out that this way of collaborating requires little effort other than some coordination to agree on the course content.
The teachers noted that the inter-university collaboration was favourable to the quality of the presentations, by creating an emulation between the students of the 2 universities.